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Peter Bregman is a strategic advisor to CEOs and their leadership teams. His latest book is 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done.

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Cases in Leadership

This updated casebook helps business students gain a better understanding of leadership and enables them to be more effective leaders through their careers. Each of the selected cases are about complex leadership issues that require the attention of the decision maker.

Rowe, W. G., & Guerrero, L. (2013). Cases in leadership. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications. [reserve]


"Any leadership role is about stepping out and having the courage to be different, because you have to be different to be a leader."

~ G.J. Hart (executive chairman, C.E.O. and president of California Pizza Kitchen) describing his six steps of leadership to Adam Bryant 

The Oregon Trail

The Emergent Genius of Ant Colonies

"Over the course of years spent sucking insects from their nests, color-coding their abdomens with paint pens, and monitoring the movements of individual ants within colonies, Deborah Gordon has made surprising discoveries about the evolution of complex systems."

See also:

  • Hobson, J. (2013, May 2). What can ants teach us about our own corporate ladder? Marketplace Morning Report.

  • Gordon, D. (1999). Ants at work: How an insect society is organized. New York, NY: Free Press. [OhioLINK]

  • Radiolab. (2013, March 19) Emergence [podcast].

    "What happens when there is no leader? Starlings, bees, and ants manage just fine. In fact, they form staggeringly complicated societies--all without a Toscanini to conduct them into harmony...We gaze down at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our very own brains with fire-flyologists, ant experts, neurologists, a mathematician, and an economist."

What's the Difference?

Drucker, P. F., & Wilson, G. (2001). The essential Drucker [audiobook]. Prince Frederick, Md: Recorded Books. [reserve]

Leadership Basics

"Great leaders possess dazzling social intelligence, a zest for change, and above all, vision that allows them to set their sights on the "things" that truly merit attention. Not a bad skill set for the rest of us, either."

Explore these insights from Psychology Today's Psych Basics:

Lead Up

From Seth Godin:

What you were trained to do: wait for a good, generous, munificent, tasteful, smart boss or client to tell you what to do.

If that doesn't happen, blame the system, blame the boss, blame the client. If the work is lousy, it's the client's fault. If the boss doesn't see or understand your insight, that's his fault. You are here to serve, and if they don't get it, well, that's too bad for all concerned.

What you might consider: Lead up.

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Women Leading

Gerzema, J., & D'Antonio, M. (2013). The Athena doctrine: How women (and the men who think like them) will rule the future. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. [OhioLINK]

Sandberg, Sheryl. (2013). Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Random House. [OhioLINK]

Leadership and Narcissism

Higgs, M. (2009). The good, the bad and the ugly: Leadership and narcissism. Journal Of Change Management, 9(2), 165-178. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.

Leadership is becoming increasingly recognized as a crucial issue for organizations facing change in a complex and volatile environment. This leads to a need for an understanding of the extensive leadership literature. However, it is notable that this literature is primarily focused on 'good' leadership. Until relatively recently it has ignored 'bad' or 'dark-side' leadership. Yet recent research in the field of change has provided evidence that such 'negative' leadership impacts adversely on change implementation. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to review the literature on 'bad' leadership and to explore the extent to which leader narcissism provides an explanation of 'bad' leadership behaviors. Building from this review the paper presents recommendations for future research.

When Sociopaths Lead

Babiak, P., & Hare, R. D. (2006). Snakes in suits: When psychopaths go to work. New York: Regan Books. [OhioLINK]

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